The Journal News, News 12 and The Daily Pleasantville: Pleasantville’s Pace Gets Solar Classroom

Pace unveiled its new solar classroom, funded by Con Edison, and The Journal News, News 12 and The Daily Pleasantville reported on the event. (Left: Angelo Spillo, director of the Environmental Center at Pace, addresses the crowd at Thursday’s solar panel unveiling. Photo credit: Brian Marschhauser)

Pace unveiled its new solar classroom, thanks in part to a grant from Con Edison, and The Journal News, News 12, The Daily Pleasantville and Patch.com reported on the event.

From The Daily Pleasantville:

Sunny skies aptly shined down on the Pace University campus Thursday afternoon as its Environmental Center celebrated the opening of its new solar-powered classroom.

“Can you feel the electricity being made?” said Angelo Spillo, director of the Environmental Center.

The panels were funded by Con Edison, which awarded Pace with a $15,000 grant as part of its effort to expand solar development in New York. A similar initiative was also signed into action by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday.

“A lot of times we have so much dialogue and you see much going on back and forth as far as solar industry and solar power at this point,” said County Legislator Michael Smith. “A lot of what you read is just the talk. This is the doing, and we need more doing and we need less talk.”

While the solar panels will help the center save money on its electrical bill, Spillo said that was not the motivation behind its installation. The equipment will instead be used as a teaching tool.

“One of the things we wanted to do was keep this equipment visible,” Spillo said. “If you were doing it in a home, you would want to hide it, you would want to put it in the basement, it’s kind of unsightly. In our case, we want our students to see it.”

Helping to design the conversion was William Misicka, a senior student in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences’ Environmental Studies Program at Pace. Misicka performed research on solar energy and went on a solar site survey with a contracting company.

“This is a virus, it’s a good virus, and this is how it spreads. Congratulations to Pace on your accomplishment,” said Smith. “Let the sun shine.”

From The Journal News:

“The university opened its solar classroom – a former cottage that now has solar panels on the roof – this afternoon (Wednesday). Con Edison supported the project as part of its commitment to promoting education and environmental awareness in Westchester County and New York City.

“The solar classroom at Pace University will help us spread our message about the environmental and economic benefits of solar power,” said Frances A. Resheske, Con Edison’s senior vice president for Public Affairs. “The incentives government agencies are offering make this a great time for customers to consider whether they can cut their energy bills by using solar energy.”

The Con Edison grant allowed Pace to add solar panels to a building in its Environmental Center. The panels provide 1.5 kilowatts of electricity to the building.

Hundreds of Pace students and visitors use the classroom each year. The university plans to use the classroom to show that solar power can be a viable alternative to fossil fuels.

William Misicka, a student in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences’ Environmental Studies program, designed the conversion.”

via Carmel student helps Pace get a solar classroom | Northern Westchester.

Pleasantville-Briarcliff Patch.com: Environmental Center Featured in “The Role of the Raptors”

Pleasantville Patch.com featured Jim Eyring’s birds of prey demonstration, part of the annual Earth Month line-up. (Left: Eyring and a raptor).

Master Falconer Jim Eyring captivated a large crowd with a display of live birds of prey at the Pace University Environmental Center—where he serves as assistant director—on Tuesday evening.

In addition to providing a thrilling demonstration, Eyring spoke about the function of the center and it’s newly-dedicated museum.

Read the full article and browse photos of Pace’s birds of prey here:

The Role of the Raptors – Pleasantville-Briarcliff Manor, NY Patch.

Pace University Celebrates Earth Month

Pace University celebrates earth month on the Pleasantville campus with free events for the community.

Contact: Mary E. Horgan, (914) 923-2798, mhorgan@pace.edu

Pace University Celebrates Earth Month

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What: Pace University celebrates earth month on the Pleasantville campus with free events for the community. (See calendar attached).

When: Throughout the month of April, 2003

Where: Pace University, 861 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, NY
914) 773-3200, www.pace.edu

For more information on Earth Month contact: Angelo Spillo, director of the environmental center at (914) 773-3789 or aspillo@pace.edu.

Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County, and a Hudson Valley Center located at Stewart Airport in New Windsor. Nearly 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, Lienhard School of Nursing and Pace Law School. www.pace.edu

EARTH MONTH EVENTS CALENDAR
APRIL 2003

Monday, April 7
ELEPHANTS IN TROUBLE
1:30-3:30 p.m. Kessel Campus Center, Butcher Suite
At least 79 African elephants, most captured in the wild, have died in North American facilities since 1990, and not a single death was from old age. In fact, 95 percent of elephants never even reached age 40, far short of their 70-year life expectancy. Joyce Friedman of In Defense of Animals will speak about Elephants in Trouble; from saving them from extinction to exploiting them in circuses.

Tuesday, April 8
FREE COFFEE
10:30-2:00 p.m. Kessel Campus Center, Cafeteria
Find out how drinking the right cup of Coffee can help save the planet. Find out what shade grown coffee, Fair Trade, and rainforest protection all have in common with Green Mountain Coffee. A raffle drawing will take place at 2:00 p.m. for an incredible gift basket donated by Green Mountain.
This event is sponsored by NATURE, Green Mountain Coffee, and Dining Services.

DOG DAY AFTERNOON/BROWN BAG LUNCH
12:00-1:00 P.M. Kessel Campus Center, Butcher Suite
Because of overpopulation in the region, 6 years ago the Pace Pleasantville campus was inundated with 260 Canada Geese. Their residency caused numerous problems and they balked at all attempts to disperse them. Then along came Dell and Abby and away they went. Attend a herding demonstration to see how these two Border Collies and trainer James Eyring keep the campus “geese free”. Join us for this amazing presentation and watch how the dogs work. Bring a “brown bag” lunch and we’ll provide the refreshments!

Wednesday, April 9
HEALTH FAIR EXHIBITS
11:00-12:00 p.m. Kessel Campus Center, Gottesman Room
Attend the annual Health Fair sponsored by Pace’s Health Care Department and view some of the exhibits dedicated to maintaining a healthy environment. To ensure a healthy personal lifestyle we must maintain a healthy environment.

“STOP THE SEAL HUNT” BAKE SALE
12:00-2:00 p.m. Kessel Campus Center, adjacent to dinning rooms
The money for this bake sale sponsored by NATURE, will be donated to the International Fund for Animal Welfare, and will provide money to help stop the hunting of Canada’s seals. Learn more about this cause and enjoy some home baked goodies.

Friday, April 11
SCIENCE DAY
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Kessel Campus Center and surrounding area
Each year Dr. Charlene Hoegler and Dr. William Flank host Science Day which is attended by high school science students and Pace students.

WHERE DID THE LOBSTER GO?
1:00 p.m. Kessel Campus Center
Meet educators from the “Save the Sound” organization and learn about the many concerns facing the waters of the estuary known as the Long Island Sound. Attend “Springcoming” and while enjoying a free lobster lunch, check out the exhibit and learn about the mysterious disappearance of a once strong population of lobster thriving in our local waters. Discover how development pressure has stressed the waters of this marine ecosystem and what can be done to bring it back to health.

Tuesday, April 15
CHOATE POND
ongoing Banks of Choate Pond
Is there anything living in Choate Pond? How did it get there? Learn the answers to these questions and more by viewing the exhibit around the banks of the Pond. This exhibit was designed and constructed by students of ENV 296C as part of a class project.

Tuesday, April 22
HUDSON RIVER SCHOOL PRESENTATION
11:30-12:30 p.m. Kessel Campus Center, Butcher Suite
Learn about and view the works of the Hudson River School of painters. During the late 1900’s these painters brought landscape painting to America. They depicted the natural beauty of the region, and their interpretations brought nature to the hearts and minds of many. Join Professor Mark Cassata for a slide show presentation as he discusses the significance of their work.

Wednesday, April 23
SIX BILLION AND BEYOND
1:30-3:30 p.m. Kessel Campus Center, Butcher Suite
Watch this intriguing film delving into the issue of what many consider to be the single most important global environmental issue….overpopulation. This event is co-sponsored by Philosophy/Religious Studies, Environmental Studies, Women’s Studies, and the Center for Applied Ethics.

HOW GOOD IS YOUR BOTTLED WATER?
3:30-4:00 p.m. Kessel Campus Center, Main Floor
Put your opinion to the test! Is the bottled water you buy “better” than the water coming from your tap? Through a demonstration, Dr. Bill Flank will provide some interesting insights about the quality of bottled water and related environmental issues.

Thursday, April 24
BIRDS OF PREY PROGRAM
7:00-9:00 p.m. Goldstein Health and Fitness Center
Join James Eyring, Assistant Director of the Environmental Center for an unforgettable night with hawks, owls and falcons. Learn about the role these predators serve in a healthy natural community and the Environmental Center’s work with birds of prey. Be prepared as several of these raptors zoom past you in free flight.

Sunday, April 27
COMMUNITY GARDENS PROJECT
Join the Center for Community Outreach by assisting with the Community Gardens Project. Spend some time clearing a green space for residents in a Yonkers neighborhood. Transportation will be provided. For more information contact Heather Novak at hnovak@pace.edu

Tuesday, April 29
HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A TULIP TREE?
11:30-12:15 p.m. Environmental Center
Join members of NATURE, Pace Pleasantville’s environmental club, for their Annual Tree Planting Ceremony, co-sponsored by Activities Fee. This year’s ceremony will include a live Red Tail Hawk, poetry reading, and interesting tree facts.

Pace University to Commemorate Earth Week

Global warming, “ECOpreneurship” and civil action will
be among several environmental issues examined in a special Earth Week
Lecture Series presented by Pace University Environmental Center, April
15 – 21.

April 5, 2002

Contact: Mary Horgan
mhorgan@pace.edu
(914) 923-2798

PACE UNIVERSITY TO COMMEMORATE EARTH WEEK

Environmental Center hosts free lecture series

PLEASANTVILLE — Global warming, “ECOpreneurship” and civil action will
be among several environmental issues examined in a special Earth Week
Lecture Series presented by Pace University Environmental Center, April
15 – 21.

The series is free and open to the public. For more information, contact
Angelo Spillo at (914) 773- 3789 or E-mail: aspillo@pace.edu

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

“HOW GOOD IS YOUR BOTTLED WATER?”
Monday, April 15, 2:30 – 3:00 p.m. Outside Dining Room A, Pleasantville
Campus
Speaker: Prof. Bill Flank, chemistry

ENVIRONMENTAL READING
Tuesday, April 16, 12:20 – 2:20 p.m. Birnbaum Room, Pleasantville Campus

Reader: Prof. Lori Alward, environmental studies, religion and
philosophy

ENVIRONMENTAL CAREER PANEL
Tuesday, April 16, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Butcher Suite, Pleasantville Campus
Speakers: Paul Thiesing NYC DEP and Pace alumni.

CIVIL ACTION PROGRAM
Tuesday, April 16, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. Butcher Suite, Pleasantville Campus
Speaker: Prof. Robert Goldstein, Pace Law School

“SILVER MILE” FUNDRAISER
Wednesday, April 17, 10:00 – 3:30 p.m., Choate Pond, (in case of rain,
the Gottesman Room, Kessel Campus Center)
Hosts: Pace Environmental Club

INFORMATIONAL TABLES ON “SICK BUILDINGS” AND WILDLIFE DISPLAY
Wednesday, April 17, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Presenters: Pace Health Care Unit and Teatown Lake representatives

TREE PLANTING CEREMONY
Thursday, April 18, 12:00 – 12:30 p.m. In front of Choate House

“GREEN LOGIC” PANEL DISCUSSION/LECTURE
Wednesday, April 18, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Butcher Suite
Lecturer: Prof. Robert Isaak, Lubin School of Business

BIRDS OF PREY PRESENTATION
Friday, April 19, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Environmental Center, Pleasantville

Campus
Master Falconer: James Eyring

“CARBON DIOXIDE & GLOBAL WARMING: The Hidden Links”
Friday, April 19, 12:00 p.m. Wilcox Hall Auditorium/Gym, Pleasantville
Campus
Presenter: Dr. Taro Takahashi, associate director of Lamont Doherty
Earth Observatory Lab of Colombia University
(This lecture is also part of the Pace Science Day)

YONKERS GREEN SPACE PROJECT
Sunday, April 21, 12:30 – 4:00 p.m. Join the Center for Community
Outreach in celebrating Earth Week by assisting Greyston Foundation
Community Garden’s Project, clearing a green space for residents in a
Yonkers neighborhood. Transportation provided. For more information call
(914) 773-3539 or E-mail: tccoplv@pace.edu

ENVIRONMENTAL BOOK DISPLAY
A display of environmental books will be showcased in the Mortola
Library the entire month of April.

The Pace University Environmental Center, N.A.T.U.R.E. (Pace’s
Environmental Club), Student Government Association, and the faculty and
staff, who volunteered their time, sponsor the events.

Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New
York City and Westchester County. More than 13,000 students are
enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in
the Dyson College of the Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business,
School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education,
School of Law, Lienhard School of Nursing and the World Trade Institute.